The Da Vinci Code Short-Answer Quizzes
by Dan Brown

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Short-Answer Quizzes

Questions
1. Why does Silas wear a cilice (a belt with metal barbs)? (Chapter 2)

2. What is Bezu Fache's nickname, and what does it mean? (Chapter 3)

3. Why did Saunière write his messages with a black-light pen? (Chapter 6)

4. How is Saunière's body arranged? (Chapter 8)

5. Why is Saunière's body arranged this way? (Chapter 8)

6. Why are the letters "P.S." important? (Chapter 13)

7. What is the truth that Saunière wants to tell Sophie about her family? (Chapter 16, and throughout, especially Chapter 105)

8. Why does the architectural history of the Church of Saint-Sulpice matter? (Chapter 19)

9. What is the Rose Line in the Church of Saint-Sulpice, and what does it do? (Chapter 22)

10. What is the Priory of Sion? (Chapter 23)

11. What verse did Silas find in the false keystone, and what does it mean? (Chapter 29)

12. Where does Bishop Aringarosa meet with Vatican representatives, and what does it represent? (Chapter 34)

13. Why do Sophie and Langdon go through the Bois de Boulogne? (Chapter 37)

14. What is a cryptex? (Chapter 47)

15. Why must Robert Langdon answer three questions to gain entrance to Chateau Villette? (Chapter 52)

16. What evidence does Teabing give Sophie about the identity of the Holy Grail? (Chapters 58 and 60)

17. Why does Teabing think this is a crucial transition period? (Chapter 62)

18. Why does Teabing hit Silas in the thigh? (Chapter 65)

19. Why can Sophie recognize the inscription on the rosewood box when the more learned Teabing and Langdon cannot? (Chapter 71)

20. In what ways is the use of Da Vinci's mirror script symbolic of the Grail seekers' quest? (Chapter 72)

21. What is the Hieros Gamos, and what does it mean? (Chapter 74)

22. How did Saunière's office get bugged? (Chapter 90)

23. Which pope buried Isaac Newton? (Chapter 95)

24. What created time pressure on Bishop Aringarosa to resolve the Grail issue within six months? (Chapter 100)

25. Where will Sophie and Langdon go after their adventures together, and why? (Chapter 105)

26. What is the Rose Line that Robert Langdon follows in the final chapter? (Epilogue)

Answers
1.Silas wears a cilice to mortify his flesh. (Chapter 2)

2. Bezu Fache's nickname is le Taureau, French for "the Bull," referring to his character. It also signals that names will be symbolic in the novel. (Chapter 3)

3. Saunière wrote his messages with a black-light pen so that they would be invisible to his killer, but visible to the police inspecting the scene. (Chapter 6)

4. Saunière's body is arranged like Da Vinci's The Vitruvian Man (arms and legs extended). (Chapter 8)

5. Saunière's body is arranged this way as a message to those who could read it to look to Da Vinci for clues to his death. (Chapter 8)

6. The letters "P.S." mean "Postscript" as in an afterthought to a letter, but they also refer to Princesse Sophie, Saunière's nickname for his granddaughter, and to the Priory of Sion. Using them in his dying message is a way for Saunière to send a private message in plain sight. (Chapter 13)

7. The truth that Saunière wants to tell Sophie about her family haunts Sophie throughout the novel and eventually means more than Saunière consciously intended. Eventually, it is revealed that her family was not all killed in the car accident, that her grandfather was Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, and that she is of Merovingian descent (descended from the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene). (Chapter 16, and throughout, especially Chapter 105)

8. A Christian building built on the ruins of an Egyptian temple to the goddess Isis, the Church of Saint-Sulpice represents how Christian history and doctrine is built on pagan roots. (Chapter 19)

9. The Rose Line is a brass strip that is a gnomen—a pre-Christian astronomical device similar to a sundial. It cuts the church in half, ending at an obelisk, and guides Silas to the false keystone. (Chapter 22)

10. The Priory of Sion (in French, the Prieuré de Sion) is a secret society with pagan roots, devoted to safeguarding the secret of the Holy Grail.
(Chapter 23)

(The entire section is 1,260 words.)